New York City is where I met my husband and where we fell in love. I have fond memories of NYC but it wore on me too. I needed my space, I needed my air and New York was slowly turning me into an angry person. We eventually made it back to my hometown in 2009 and every day I love it more and more.
The reason that I am going on this tangent is particularly about these buildings that I photographed the other day. The old tobacco buildings that stand prominently and ominously in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. I love these buildings. Love love love. I love their oldness, and their history, their architecture and their mystery (uh-no, I didn't mean to rhyme there..but it sounds nice anyway!).
I go downtown pretty frequently to photograph them. I would love to have access inside these old buildings..but there's a tall barbed-wire fence surrounding the premises. And actually, at this visit, half of the building was covered in a tent with a sign saying "Danger: Asbestos"...hhmmm..
I'm a sucker for lines and architecture, so this ended up being my favorite shot of the day. In CS5, I auto corrected the tone/color/contrast and added my favorite grunge texture (that I found HERE), with the blending mode set to "overlay."
This is the unedited version: